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Free SHS: GES Rescues Unplaced Student With Grade 9

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has disclosed that the Junior High School graduate who is on a hunger strike over her failure to secure admission into Senior High School could be absorbed by the system.

Rachael Achia who completed school in 2016 and got aggregate 9, could not raise the fees to enroll at the Ghana Senior High School as a result of her father’s death.

Her attempt to enroll this year has also hit a snag as she was not placed by the Computerized School Selection and Placement System.

She told Starr News that all hope is lost as she cannot go back to write the BECE again as suggested by her mother.

Commenting on Rachael’s unfortunate situation, the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Education Service Rev. Jonathan Bettey, said even though she is not the first child going through such trauma, she could be enrolled this year.

“…She must come to the head office at the Ghana Education Service (GES) and prove what she is saying and let’s see how best the issue can be addressed. He further noted that aside students who wrote the BECE, the service had those who filled the re-entry forms and they were added to the placement list this year.

We Anticipated Free SHS Challenges – Prof. Yankah

A Minister of State in charge of Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, has disputed assertions that the teething challenges that have confronted the implementation of the free Senior High School (SHS) policy is due to lack of proper planning.

Although the programme has already taken off, some school heads are yet to receive funding for first year students, who are beneficiaries of the policy.

There has also been a huge number of students who have gained admission to various schools but have challenges with placements.

A former Trades Minister, Dr Ekow Spio Garbrah had also told Citi News that a lot of challenges are cropping up because the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government failed to properly plan for the programme’’s implementation.

But Professor Yankah disagreed.

Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show on Wednesday, Dr. Yankah insisted that “I don’t see these are problems that were not anticipated, we anticipated them.”

He assured that there are a number of measures put in place by government to arrest the challenges head on.

On accommodation and facilities for the High Schools, the deputy Minister said “a number of projects are underway to ensure that we enlarge and we put facilities in various secondary schools…We believe that the problems of capacity will be dealt with as we move and hobble along.”

He further assured that every challenge encountered within the implementation stage will certainly be fixed.

“The NPP government promised to start in the 2017 academic year, they have done, they could have just decided to wait till 2019, a year before the next election and decided to just throw in a fluke or red herring, attracted all the votes they would have wished and then left whatever problems and challenges that come in the wake of the new policy for any other government that care to continue but they said, wait, let’s just take off, there are bound to be glitches here and there.”

“Within a year or so, we probably think the glitches and challenges would have cured and then while we are in government we then fix the problem so that from the beginning and the end of the cycle it is NPP government. We will confront the challenges and fix them before if we are asked to leave the scene by the people, we do so.”

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